What are the Best Fragrance Oils for Candles?

There are many beautiful fragrance oils that work superbly in candles. When it comes to selecting the best fragrance oils for candles, we are spoilt for choice. As such, in order to select the best fragrance oil for your candle, we would first encourage you to ask yourself ‘What do I want from my candle?’ Are you wanting to create a serene and relaxing ambience, more of an awakening and stimulating fragrance or, are you just after something really subtle and pleasant? Once you’ve answered this question, the next step is to be aware if this fragrance oil candle will be burnt in your home or, a workplace or retail store? The reason being is that we all associate fragrance through experiences we’ve had with them and, peoples experiences will differ.

You may adore lavender from that wonderful holiday you spent in Provence during harvest time as the minute you smell it, you’re transported back there. However, your partner, colleague or customer may find lavender very confronting as they associate it with their Nanna in her garden and she has since passed away. For this reason, if you are selecting a fragrance oil candle that will be burnt in a busy workplace or retail store, just be aware that not everyone will relate positively to a fragrance.

So, how do you select the best fragrance oil then? Aromatherapy uses aromatic essential oils to help improve the wellbeing and health of the mind, body and spirit. As such, we’ve looked at the nine best fragrance oils that can help create these moods and in turn, ambience in the space you’re burning your fragrance candle.

What are some Uplifting and Invigorating Fragrance Oils For Candles?


Not surprisingly given their zesty and sour flavour, many citrus oils are considered to be uplifting and invigorating. Citrus Bergamia, more commonly referred to as Bergamot, is a fragrant citrus fruit the size of an orange. It is yellow and green in colour similar to a lime, depending on the ripeness of the fruit. When harvested for essential oil, it has a beautiful sweet and fruity aroma that provides an uplifting aroma. For this reason, it’s a perfect choice for a fragrance oil candle and, is a marvellous addition to a space to help create an energy and buzz.


A perennial plant with a very minty and sweet aroma, Spearmint when burned in a candle can encourage a great sense of focus whilst simultaneously being very uplifting. It has a freshness that can be quite cleansing and invigorating.


There’s a reason why lemon is found in many cold and flu treatments! It’s an incredibly effective at helping to clear the head and elevate the mood. Lemon is also thought to help encourage intuitive thought. Its zesty freshness makes for a wonderful fragrance oil for candles.
What are some Calming and Grounding Fragrance Oils For Candles?

Lavender is one of the most well-known and widely used fragrance and essential oils in the world. Lavender has a very distinctive and recognisable scent. It’s floral,
fresh and lingering lightness – makes it one of the world’s most popular fragrances. Distilled from the plant Lavandula angustifolia, a lavender fragrance oil candle can help reduce stress and anxiety and is wonderful for insomnia.


Psychologists and medical researchers have been aware of the positive reactions the scent vanilla can encourage in ones mood for decades. Used to help calm the mind and body – a great number of people find vanilla to be warming and nourishing. When used as a fragrance oil candle, vanilla can help promote relaxation. Long been used in baking and cooking, vanilla can often provoke homely feelings of comfort and cosiness.

Herbaceous, earthy and fresh, Rosemary can really elevate ones mood when burned as a fragrance oil candle. A popular ingredient in cooking, Rosemary is a very grounding fragrance that is thought to also help with memory performance and focus. For this reason, it’s a wonderful fragrance oil candle to burn when studying or, doing work that requires great focus.

What are some Inviting and Romantic Fragrance Oils For Candles?

Ylang Ylang
A lovely yellow star-shaped flower that grows on the Cananga tree, Ylang Ylang is a tropical species that is native to India, Malaysia, Phillipines, Indonesia and some parts of Australia. A very rich, fruity and heady aromatic scent – Ylang Ylang is probably most renowned for being one of the main ingredients in the famed, cult favourite Chanel No 5 fragrance. When burned as a fragrance oil candle, it’s said to have an intoxicating aroma that helps lower ones heart rate and in turn, alleviate anxiety and boost ones mood.

One of the most widely used essential oils in the manufacturing of perfumes and fragranced products, rose is said to have anxiolytic (anxiety-reducing) and aphrodisiac benefits. A rose fragrant oil candle when burnt can bring happiness to the heart, inspiring romance and togetherness.


The indulgent and juicy fruit, combined with its woody stems and green leaves, makes the aroma of fig burning in a scented fragrance oil candle very alluring. It’s a wonderful fragrance to burn during the festive season as it’s luxurious and sumptuous.

We hope this list of the best fragrance oils for candles, although not extensive, gives you inspiration to experiment at home with candle scents! By doing so, you’ll soon discover your perfect fragrance candle match and positively enhance your mood and the room’s ambience.

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